Game 4: Athletics (2-1) @ Tigers (1-2)

Doug Fister hopes to help force a game 5 in Oakland.

Doug Fister hopes to help force a game 5 in Oakland.

The Tigers hope to stave off elimination and force a deciding game 5 back in Oakland, while the A’s look to wrap the series up and wait out the winner of Tampa/Boston. The Tigers will send Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA) to the mound, while the A’s counter with Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96 ERA). Straily faced the Tigers once in the regular season, beating them 14-4 at the end of August in a game Fister also started. Fister struggled during that start, lasting only 5 IP while giving up 7 runs on 10 hits. Fister has faced Oakland in the playoffs before, going 7 IP, striking out eight, and allowing only two runs—but that was the game José Valverde blew in the ninth to force a winner-take-all game 5.

Lineups after the jump

Athletics (D. Straily — R)


Tigers (D. Fister — R)

  • Snowman

    I loved how prince fielder was ” smiling” after max gave of the lead;)
    By the way job job Austin, and hunter, u guys suck!!!!!

  • Snowman

    Wow,
    We won;)
    Maybe will get lucky on thrus. Hope Justin has his stuff.
    One good stat I saw was that Oakland is 1-10 in close out games since 1992.
    Go tigers.

  • Ryan

    Wow what a game!! So glad I was able to go.

    • Snowman

      Congrats ,
      Must have been so much fun!!
      I saw the tigers once this year, they got no hit. I was at the no hitter;) I really think that series started the tigers hitters on there mini slump except for today of course.

      • Ryan

        Ouch. Rough game to go to if you’re a tigers’ fan. For me, the slump all began with the Red Sox game that they got pummeled in. Gave up 9 HRs I believe. And then they rolled into that A’s series and just got embarrassed the first 3 games. Things all went downhill from there. I think they made a grave mistake not resting Cabby, too. His decreased production has definitely hurt everyone.

      • verlander

        If you look at the stats, they didn’t do much scoring in the month of September. I think it’s got a lot to do with Miggy’s decreasing health.

    • verlander

      Excellent game to go to, huh? How did you survive?!

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